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Former ABC chief's conviction appeal denied

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videoThe North Carolina Court of Appeals has denied an appeal by the former head of New Hanover County's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board convicted nearly two years ago for obtaining property by false pretense. Full story...
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Cowper gets probation, fine in ABC scheme

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The contractor who admitted ripping off the New Hanover County ABC Board will avoid jail time. A federal judge today sentenced Lee Cowper to three years probation and a $25,000 fine. Full story...
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Convicted contractor testifies against former ABC administrator

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video In day two of the Billy Williams trial, jurors heard testimony from a key witness: contractor Lee Cowper. Williams, the former New Hanover County ABC administrator is accused of making an illegal agreement with Cowper to build a two-story garage at Williams's home. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Williams trial underway; Prosecution can't argue "willfull blindness"

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Former Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator Billy Williams's trial started this morning. He's charged with making an illegal deal with a contractor who was building him a two-story garage for his home. Full story...
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NC fraud trial to begin for ex-ABC official

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A former Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator is ready for his day in court. Full story...
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Former ABC administrator's trial to move out of Wilmington

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Former New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator Billy Williams will not go on trial in New Hanover County. Instead, his trial is moving to Onslow County, as long as some administrative hurdles can be cleared. Full story...
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Pantano returns donation from indicted former New Hanover Co. ABC Administrator

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"Today, I discovered a contribution from William "Billy" Ray Williams among our 14,000 individual contributions in 2010. In advance of any legal conclusions and without accusation or provocation, we have returned Mr. Williams' contribution." Full story...
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Former ABC administrator appears in court

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Former New Hanover County ABC administrator Billy Williams made his first appearance in New Hanover County court Tuesday morning, pleading not guilty to felony charges claiming he paid for private construction on his property with public money. Full story...
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Former ABC administrator Williams indicted

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videoFor the last several months, state and federal investigators have been investigating the New Hanover County ABC Board, including the activities of its former administrator Billy Williams. Full story...
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Wilmington contractor pleads guilty in deal with former ABC administrator

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According to the Criminal Information, Lee Cowper outbid other contractors for the construction of four ABC stores in the New Hanover County area. In June, 2006, COWPER entered into an oral agreement with the New Hanover County ABC administrator to build a detached two-story garage on the administrator’s residential property for $100,000. Construction was completed on the garage on October 2, 2006. COWPER received two separate payments of $40,000 and $60,000 from the administrator. However, the total cost to COWPER for the garage was $143,148. Full story...
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